I am so excited!

I get to do this on Saturday:

 


Catch the amazing Anissa Short and AnneMarie Ziegler as your hosts this week as you hear how ARRAY got started and learn the inside scoop from Robin Minnick, one of ARRAY’s freelance writers! Tune in at 2 pm.
Watch our Facebook page, our personal pages for the show! You know you want to hear it!!

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Never done anything like this before – check out the Facebook pages for the livestream

ARRAY Magazine

and Remainder or MackenzieWilder/ClassicBoat Mysteries (If I get it set up right)

Hope you’ll be there! Come get to know more about me, the books, and ARRAY Magazine.

And the answer is…

The results are in. While it appears that my manuscript may have spent a little longer than some on the discussion table, ultimately Hallmark decided it was not suited to their needs.

Now, to be fair, I realized when I wrote it that a) maybe I just couldn’t write an excellent manuscript in that short a time and b) I had approached this from a direction that Hallmark doesn’t usually take. Which, honestly speaking, may have been my ace-in-the-hole excuse for if they didn’t accept it. We writers can be sneaky, even to ourselves.

Nonetheless, like any other writer, I was disappointed.

Strangely enough, I picked up the email during a meeting of one of the writing groups I attend. My son and my friend who leads the group noticed the less-than-pleased look on my face, so I had to share the news, and wound up telling the group at large. Their support was a big help. I’ve also fallen back on the promise I made to myself to simply market it elsewhere, so that is in the game plan. I’ll go over it first, a little more slowly, to see if I can spot something it needs. Then I’ll send it out again.

It’s one of the hardest things a writer can do, brand new or seasoned, keeping a book circulating until it finds a publishing home. I’m not counting those writers with such a following that they seem to have self-perpetuating contracts. After all, I want to hate those people. For most of writers, every new book is an adventure not only in writing but in marketing as well. Like our children, we don’t know where our books will end up. We do our best and just hope they’ll end up someplace good for both of us.

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Speaking  of not knowing where a book will end up…

A niece of  mine contributed one of my books to the ship library aboard a Princess cruise. My college roommate is planning on leaving a copy of another in the common room of the place they’ll be staying when they visit Ireland.  A third posted on Facebook  about reading boating mysteries at the waterfront, with a copy of my book in the picture. And another niece consistently passes along my posts and tweets, along with her own compliments of my books, because she likes them. There’s nothing like the support of family and friends. Special thanks to the ones who keep faithfully encouraging friends to read my work. It really helps.

 

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Heads Up! It’s a Party!

coverpic011619Just wanted to announce the Off the Page Writing group is holding a Book Signing on February 8 from 7-9 pm for our newly-published anthology: The Mayors’ Tales: Stories from the Kyleighburn Archives.

You can learn more about the event at the Mackenzie Wilder/Classic Boat mysteries page.

In addition to reading from and signing the anthology, our writers will have their other books on hand for purchase and signing. If you’re in the neighborhood, please drop by.